Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus



Repetitive game is for teen or adult fans only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of fighting, but the hero sometimes must protect innocents.


Lots of guns and sci-fi weapons, but no blood or gore.


Even in war, the women seem to like short skirts and skimpy clothes.


An occassional "damn" or "dammit."


The game is part of a long-running series and has ties to a movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character is shown smoking, and he makes mention of drinking some "cold ones."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action game features lots of gunplay, sci-fi weaponry, and some sword fighting. Players blast humans, monsters, and robots, although there's no blood. Some cut scenes have intense (but gore-less) violence, like point-blank shootings or an implied beheading. A few scenes include smoking, some talk of drinking, and a lot of strong -- but scantily clad -- heroines.

What's it about?

Vincent Valentine, a minor character from Final Fantasy VII, is recruited in FINAL FANTASY VII: DIRGE OF CERBERUS to help the World Regeneration Organization in its war against the mysterious and aggressive Deep Ground soldiers.

As players push Vincent through this war, they learn about his painful past and inner demons. In fact, Vincent can briefly change into a powerful demon to thrash enemies, but he spends most of the game blasting soldiers with pistols, rifles, and machine guns. Players can customize Vincent's guns, buying upgrades and mixing and matching dozens of parts to modify the weapons. The Cerberus of the title is a three-barreled gun (inspired by the mythological three-headed dog).

Is it any good?


Final Fantasy VII, from 1997, is one of the most beloved games in the long-running Final Fantasy series. But only die-hard fans will love this spin-off, a repetitive shooter with too much storytelling. Players guide Vincent through tightly controlled, linear environments, gunning down generic enemy soldiers over and over. The differences between gun components are frequently hard to detect, and players can ignore options like Vincent's hand-to-hand combat and magic abilities and still cruise through missions.

What's more, the action and story elements are awkwardly integrated. A typical mission is book-ended by about 10 minutes of cut scenes, and the action is repeatedly interrupted by storytelling segments (and short loading times). The game's strengths come from the cinematic beauty of many of the cut scenes and the excellent music, which help bring this intriguing world to life.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about game sequels and games that are part of a series. Are you more interested in a game if you like the characters from other games? Can you think of another game you'd like to see made into a series? Movie sequels never seem to be as good as the original; is the same true for games?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:September 1, 2006
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Use of Tobacco and/or Use of Alcohol, Violence

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Teen, 17 years old Written byArmyless April 9, 2008

Pretty decent

Despite all the horrid ratings for this game, I rather enjoyed it. Play through the game, most of the enemies do remain the same. Mostly you get Deep Ground Soldiers, but there are others that slowly change as you work your way through the levels. The most interesting one I found was in WRO HQ, the large guys with the huge guns. It made me panic a couple of times, making me believe the SUPER big boss was walking down the hell. Shoot at it, no blood, you're A+. There are a things with tobacco...but Cid has had that thing since 1997. They're not removing it NOW. The plot was intesting, although the deal with Shelke ticked me off to something bad. The voice acting is mostly decent, although Rosso's voice is enough to make you think VAMPIRE. Which. She might be.... The language is normally pretty good, although with minor curses. Most of the cursing comes from the mediocere player as tehy try and shoot a large boss silly....and That wasn't so hard! Overall, it was a pretty good game and does give wonderful insight into Vincent's history.
Teen, 14 years old Written bygolder October 25, 2009

love it

love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 13 year old Written bychrrr October 10, 2009

perfect for 13+

love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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